I’ve always been quite proud of my memory. I could always retain dates and times in my head…ok, well, with the exception of a certain persons birthday, which eludes me almost every year (sorry, Louise!).
Lately, though, I remember nothing. I have conversations I can’t recall, I think I’ve had conversations when I haven’t, I forget dates and times of appointments, I frequently order the wrong prescriptions at the wrong time and run out of meds (and then cause mayhem at the surgery as the duty Doctor attempts work out what I do need). I mentioned this to my CPN this morning, who pointed out that I’m on substantial doses of some quite major medication and that I’m not a very big person. So my memory impairment is likely (yet another) side-effect.
Something I’ve found useful, and for which I have my study-skills mentor to thank, is to keep a daily planner in which I write a list of things I must do and to prioritise tasks using a ‘red/amber/green’ system:
Things that need doing on a specific day (appointments, for example), are marked in under the relevant day and given red priority. Amber coded tasks need done within a couple of days and green coded tasks are less urgent.
This may seem rather straightforward, simplistic even, but it helps…I guess there’s nothing wrong with admitting that my mind isn’t what it once was. Oh, and, given that my life consists mainly of MH-related appointments and studying, there’s lots of free space for doodling!!